Phenom 2 X4 965, kinda loud

hello. I just bought Phenom 2 X4 965, it's pretty cool (using the box cooler). Unfortunately, I am not sure what should I set the smart fan target temperature to. My CPU is 45*C while idle (2492 RPM), and I set the target at 52*C. When it goes over 52*C, it kicks into 6000 RPM, which sounds like a jet engine, but it still has problems decreasing the temperature, when I exited BF:BC2, I had 54*C!

My question is, what should I set the smart fan target to/how many RPM while idle is ok?
Also, what do you think would help me more - better CPU cooler or better case? My case has barely any holes in it and no case fans at all.
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  1. Buy an aftermarkt cooler like a hyper212.
  2. What about CoolerMaster Hyper N520? how does it compare to hyper212?
  3. I used the Hyper212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Its nice and quiet now, temps are around 40 when playing BC2.

    The N520 should work just fine. As long as you have the space to fit it in. I would have had space issues if I had fans on both sides.
  4. any thermal paste recommendations?
  5. Won't really make a huge difference, but I just started using http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186038&Tpk=MX4 and it seems great. Not cheap though.
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